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Engaging European Start-ups and Young SMEs for Action for Sustainable Energy

Engaging European Start-ups and Young SMEs for Action for Sustainable Energy

Objective

START2ACT aims to reduce residential energy consumption in the EU via changing the behaviour of consumers in their everyday lives by approaching them at their workplace. With a focus on European start-ups and young SMEs, the project aims at triggering action by young entrepreneurs and their emerging enterprises as well as by the owners and staff of young SMEs to introduce energy efficiency measures within their daily routines.

Even though each start-up and SME consumes relatively small energy amounts, the collective environmental impact of 20 million SMEs in the EU is massive, contributing to 64% of environmental impact. Active engagement of start-ups and young SMEs is essential in order to reach the 20-20-20 EU goals and there is market potential for almost all enterprises to cost effectively reduce their energy consumption. START2ACT will unleash the potential of energy savings at European start-ups and young SMEs via a set of innovative educational and capacity building measures.

A key area of intervention to increase energy efficiency through behavioural change is office equipment, the fastest growing energy user in the business world, consuming 15% of the total electricity used in offices, which is expected to rise to 30% by 2020. START2ACT aims to trigger the use and uptake of the many available tools and solutions offering a great potential for energy and money savings, yet not adequately used due to lack of understanding of how to use them in practice and due to insufficient engagement of people towards changing behaviour in everyday life. START2ACT aims also to trigger sustainable procurement of office equipment, including the selection and furnishings of premises (HVAC, lighting, etc.), and goods and services. In so doing, START2ACT will sow the seeds of a sustainable energy culture in start-ups and young SMEs.
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Coordinator

EUROPA MEDIA SZOLGALTATO NON PROFITKOZHASZNU KFT

Address

Zahony Utca 7
1031 Budapest

Hungary

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 65 062,50

Participants (10)

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GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 199 375

THE CARBON TRUST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 249 000

STICHTING CENTERDATA

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 166 062,50

ENVIROS SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 115 062,50

ENERGETSKI INSTITUT HRVOJE POZAR

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 92 287,50

SOFIA ENERGY AGENCY ASSOCIATION

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 105 187,50

SLOVENSKA INOVACNA A ENERGETICKA AGENTURA

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 92 931,25

CENTRUL PENTRU PROMOVAREA ENERGIEI CURATE SI EFICIENTA IN ROMANIA ENERO ASOCIATIEI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 121 875

KRAJOWA AGENCJA POSZANOWANIA ENERGII SPOLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 87 950

STARTUPS.BE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 152 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 696069

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.7.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 447 543,75

  • EU contribution

    € 1 447 543,75

Coordinated by:

EUROPA MEDIA SZOLGALTATO NON PROFITKOZHASZNU KFT

Hungary